Dear Reader,

It is not too early to book your seat at the Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture in November by the well-known journalist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on the subject "Keeping Faith in Just Values in an Age of Populism". Seats are likely to be short supply so best to book early here

Our Restorative Justice mapping exercise is going well. We now have a clearer idea who is doing what about RJ within the City. There is a report below on the groups we met in June and we are due to see more in July.

Thank you for your continued support of our work in sharing news and events related to peace and reconciliation with communities in Coventry.

Please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

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Coventry Restorative Justice Forum

Coventry Restorative Justice Forum

Coventry Restorative Justice Forum are undertaking a mapping exercise to find out who is doing what RJ within Coventry and beyond. We then intend to report back our findings at our conference in November to members of the forum and others, and explore how we can help promote RJ within the city to make Coventry a Restorative Justice City. During June …

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Community Peace Orchard Opened

On 6 June the Lord Mayor of Coventry John Blundell officially opened the Community Peace Orchard in the presence of Normandy Day veteran Dennis Davison (who suggested the idea of the orchard) and children from local schools after a community picnic in the summer sunshine. The orchard has been planted to commemorate those who fell during the Normandy Day Landings on 6 …

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LMPC Presence at Community Information Fair

LMPC Presence at Community Information Fair

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation had a table at the Community Information Fair in June. This fair is part of the Positive Images Festival. We found it a great way to meet interesting people, including other stall-holders. We asked people what they want us to do to promote peace and reconciliation in the city. Their answers included: …

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Coventry is a MiFriendly City

In October 2017 the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions fund awarded more than £4m to Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton for the MiFriendly Cities project, a 3-year initiative that will look to develop innovative, community-led and sustainable approaches to enhancing the contribution of refugees and migrants across the region. By bringing together 11 partner organisations – including the local authorities from each …

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More Restorative Justice Videos

More Restorative Justice Videos

The first video was produced for Warwickshire Youth Justice Service about the unlikely friendship and bonding that developed between Sam and the young man Jack who assaulted him over a misunderstanding about a girl. The video shows their emotions and that of their parents as they talk about their experience including going through Restorative Justice. Like most victims, the main question that Sam's dad wanted to know is Why?
In the second video, Jacob Dunne takes us through his journey which started with a night out and ended him up serving a manslaughter sentence in jail. Could his victims parents forgive him?

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

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Positive Images Festival 2018

Positive Images Festival 2018

The Positive Images Festival 2018, which will take place from 16 June to 7 July 2018, is an exciting programme of events spread over three weeks. See their event programme at positiveimagesfestival.co.uk/festivalprogram or view/download it by clicking here. See also the Multicultural Craft & Food Fair on 16 June and the Community Information Fair on 22 June More details at the website.

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Mayor's Community Weekend 2018

On the weekend of 30 June and 1 July 2018, the West Midlands Combined Authority want to encourage communities to come together and celebrate our region's diversity as part of the West Midlands Mayor's Community Weekend. We’re working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund who will be offering grants of up to £500 to groups who want to run an …

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Reconciliation Associates Programme Session 11

Exploring a City Mediation Service On 10 July 2018, Reconciliation Ministry Team at Coventry Cathedral invite local business and community leaders to explore what it means to live lives of reconciliation in their own contexts. Coventry is known internationally as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, but what does this actually mean in practice? How does it impact society, our …

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Generation Y Peace Campaigning Academy 2018

Peace Education Scotland is organising a fully funded 3 day academy from 27 to 29 July in Glasgow. Applications must be received by 17:00 on 9 July. A £10 to £20 allowance is available for travel from outside Scotland. Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old. This youth training programme explores all aspects of campaigning work, focusing on the nuclear disarmament movement. Learn all …

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International Young Reconcilers' Gathering

This International Youth Gathering will take place from Sunday 29th July to Friday 3rd August 2018. It is organised by the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) for around 40 young people aged 18-25 from around the world. Framed around the CCN core tenets of healing the wounds of history, living with difference & celebrating diversity, and building a culture of …

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Hiroshima Day 2018

Hiroshima Day 2018

Please join us at 6pm on Monday 6th August 2018 for a service of reflection in Coventry Cathedral and the Chapel of Unity, with readings and music for all led by Sarah Hills, Canon of Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry and with Japanese speaker. The Lord Mayor of Coventry will attend as well as representatives from the Embassy …

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International Conference on Restorative Practices 2018

This Conference will be held in Metropolitan State University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA on 9 to 11 August 2018. Featuring three keynoters, over 60 breakout sessions, cultural performances, networking and community building, pre and post conference workshops. Key speakers include Chris Straker who used to work for Hull Centre for Restorative Practice. Further Information irpcminnesota.com

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Schools Peace & Justice Forum

Schools Peace & Justice Forum

The Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum will meet in Coventry Council House on Wed 5 September to discuss progress in exploring Restorative Justice within the City. All welcome.

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2018

RISING Global Peace Forum in 2018 will gather peacebuilding experts from around the world on 12-13 September 2018 in Coventry Cathedral to explore brave and innovative strategies for resolving violent conflict, sustaining peaceful societies and more. The theme at this year’s RISING event is ‘The Anatomy of Peace’ and we’ve arranged a unique group of inspiring world-class speakers to come …

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3 Day Restorative Practitioner Training Course

3 Day Restorative Practitioner Training Course

What is a Restorative Approach? A restorative approach offers schools an alternative way of addressing discipline and behavioural issues and offers a consistent framework for responding to these issues. The aim of this training is to contribute to the building of a strong, mutually respectful, safe, inclusive and peaceful school community. This course provides intensive, interactive facilitator training, focusing on …

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INSPIRE Event

On the morning of Friday 9th November 2018, two days before Armistice Day, a high profile INSPIRE event will take place in Coventry Cathedral and other major public venues around the UK and Ireland, designed for children and young people. More information to follow.

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World Science Day for Peace and Development 2018

World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated every 10 November, highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development …

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Coventry Peace Lecture 2018

Coventry Peace Lecture 2018

Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2018 will be held on Tuesday 13 November in St Mary's Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry. We are delighted to announce that the speaker will be Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, an articulate journalist and author who takes a progressive stance on social justice issues. The title of the lecture will be Keeping Faith in Just Values in an …

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